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Every year, the camera bag seems to change. Added lens, upgraded bodies, and more, means it’s an ever evolving set of gear. Last year, I wrote the post “The Camera Gear I Actually Travel With” and while most of it is still the same, there’s been some big upgrades and additions. So here’s a quick look at what’s in my camera bag 2018 edition.

What's In My Camera Bag 2018 Edition

What’s In My Camera Bag 2018 Edition

Camera Body

The first and most major upgrade to the gear is our camera body. On an unfortunate, cold winter night in Sydney, Australia, a bit of a tumble and bumble, led to a very expensive purchase the next morning. Luckily, the currency was in our favor, so we saved a bit on the purchase of the body. We upgraded our Sony A7II to the most recently launched Sony A7RIII. Going from the A7II to the A7RII was something we had been thinking about for a long time — the spec difference is incredible (read here), and I am already loving the upgrade. It is worth every penny and when we bought our first Sony, we spent most of the time wishing we had bit the price of the A7RII. We still  travel with our Sony A7II, as it’s a great body and as we’ve learned, a back up is always needed 🙂

Camera Lens

We have one new addition to the ever-growing collection of lens, which is:

  • 24-70 f/4 lens: Though I would have loved to have splurged on the f/2.8 lens, the price jump was steep and the size much bigger. This new lens was perfect for zoom photography and getting a crisper shot. The base kit lens that came with our A7II is only 28-70 f/3.5-5.6, and there’s a huge jump in style/depth of field from the 24mm.

We still travel with these other lenses, which we love:

  • 24mm f/1.8 prime lens: I spent most of last year only shooting on this one, and the f/1.8 is a game changer.
  • 35mm f/2.8 prime lens: It has a very buttery-affect to the images and I often use this lens for when I have a bit more room to shoot for crop.
  • Kit lens 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6: We always toss this one in the bag as I always travel with backup lens. It’s not my ideal one but it gets the job done.

Other Camera Accessories

Of course there’s a slew of other accessories we bring with, two I never leave without are the cleaning kit for cameras, it’s $9 and when you need to get that annoying speck out of the lens, it’s a lifesaver.

The other is my travel tripod — this thing has taken a beating and been around the world and back. It’s durable and uber compact. This post talks a lot about how I use it to get shots of myself when I am traveling alone.

For camera bags, I rotate between the Lo & Son’s Claremont bag and then into a backpack. I need to sort out a better system for this to carry all of my gear, so TBD on that one.

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  1. I recently upgraded to the A7RIII as well and have been very happy with it. The battery life alone is worth the upgrade. Do you have any posts on your post-photo workflow? What tools you use, adjustments, etc.? I enjoy the site, nice work!

    • Jessica Wright Reply

      The upgrade is amazing! Yes i’ve done a series with Adobe Lightroom, just search “Adobe” and it will come up!

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